(Fake) Drama Above and Below and (Illegal Leaks of) Fire and Water

Photos R.W.

Update SANTA FE NATIONAL FOREST

The Peggy Fire as seen from a mesa in Red Rocks.

Do not believe what you hear or what you see. You might have read on these pages chilling warnings against life threatening  walls of storm water rushing down arroyos and calm reassurances about low intensity puffs of smoke lingering through the morning. Well…

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Playing Cynical Games with the Lives and Health of the American People

By R.W.

Surprise!

Having failed to get acceptance for his proposed health care act President Trump has now offered his latest solution: do nothing, sabotage the system by allowing it to completely collapse, hope the worst will happen and then see how everyone feels; see if they still show willing to resist his proposals.

“As I have always said,” tweeted Trump, though he had never actually said so before, “let ObamaCare fail and then come together and do a great healthcare plan. Stay tuned!”

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Jemez Springs Burglaries Surge

By R.W.

If it wasn’t so tragic, it would be comic, or at least so bizarre as to be improbable.

A horrible report on Jemez Springs appeared in today’s KRQE web page and TV news detailing a surge of burglaries and the circumstances surrounding them. The lovely peaceful village, hidden away from the crime-ridden centers of crime-ridden New Mexico is being publicized in the state as a center of a crime wave. Bizarre can be comic, but here it is tragic. Local residents have been stricken with repeated break-ins, often loosing not just valuables, but deeply treasured and irreplaceable family possessions.

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232 Percent Increase in Native Uninsurance Would Devastate New Mexico’s Tribal Communities

By Sharon Kayne

Communications Director, NM VOICES FOR CHILDREN

By slashing Medicaid and making marketplace coverage unaffordable, the U.S. Senate Republican health bill would have devastating consequences for New Mexico’s Native Americans. The uninsured rate among Native Americans in New Mexico would jump an estimated 232 percent under the bill, according to a new report from the Washington, DC-based Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.“The Senate Republican health bill would be devastating to Native American people living in New Mexico,” said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children. “Our tribal communities are the cultural backbone of our state and have proven their resiliency despite centuries of challenges. These communities already face significant barriers to getting health care, despite centuries-old treaties and promises. A bill that makes things worse is unacceptable.”

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Battle to Save the Internet and Stop Censorship and Corruption

By R.W.

Courtesy image.

Large telecommunication corporations are trying to grab the internet to promote their commercial and political ends, and roll back net neutrality. Comcast, Verizon and AT&T, among others, are moving to make extra charges for what we access online and to have more control over what we see and do.  Free Press, an Open Internet advocacy group notes that recent moves by the Trump administration have aimed to abolish the 2015 FCC decision to regulate internet providers as utilities and to scale back regulations.

These regulations call for the telecommunications companies that provide online access to treat all internet traffic equally and not slow or block some sites. Eliminating them would allow the telecommunications giants to dominate the Internet for financial gain while limiting the freedom and privacy of consumers.

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 Record Shattering News for New Mexico

By R.W.

Governor Susana Martinez announces record-shattering tourism numbers at the Anderson-Abruzzo International Balloon Museum in Albuquerque on Wednesday.

It’s hard to believe good news about any aspect of the New Mexico economy, and yet…!

Governor Martinez announced last Wednesday that 34.4 million trips were made to New Mexico in 2016, nearly a million more than the previous year, breaking another tourism record for the state. According to the governor’s office, overall trips to New Mexico have grown 15.4 percent since 2010.

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An Ugly Scowl Spreads Across the Face of Babyface

By R.W.

Anyone familiar with professional wrestling is aware of the two main and repeating  personas of the contestants, the heel, the negative character and the  good guy, the babyface.

The three main currents leading through Trump’s career before his ascent into political office were “reality” TV where he fired people, real estate speculation where he made some deals that we don’t like to talk about now, and conspicuously, for more than a couple of decades, professional wrestling. Not a common resume for the leader of any nation, but his rise to prominence and fame through these spheres showed an unusual talent for showmanship, displaying machismo and a preference for a confrontational and abusive style, switching from babyface to heel as the need arose.

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Udall Calls TrumpCare ‘Catastrophic’ for Indian Country

By U.S. Senator Tom Udall

Curtesy photo.

U.S. Senator Tom Udall, vice chair of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, released the following statement on the devastating effects of the Senate TrumpCare bill on Native Americans’ access to life-saving health care services:

“Native Americans would be among those hardest hit by this disastrous Senate TrumpCare bill. As vice chair of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee, I’ve heard from many Tribes who are deeply concerned about the lack of Tribal consultation in TrumpCare – and about how devastating this bill would be for access to life-saving health care services in Indian Country.

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13 White Male Republicans Make an Offer

By R.W.


The government has just announced a scheme to make cuts to health programs for the poor and middle classes, and give huge tax reductions for the wealthy. It proposes to dramatically cut and restructure Medicaid and eventually lead to another 23 million Americans to lose any health insurance whatsoever. This will allow to finance a broad tax cut for the rich with billions of dollars pulled from Medicaid.

The biggest tax cut is to individuals earning more than $200,000 a year or to married couples with combined incomes of more than $250,000 and applies mostly to the taxation of investment income. This tax is repealed retroactively, to return to rich families tax money they paid over the last year.

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A Club of One

By R.W.

Donald Trump and Bashar al-Assad; this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

The U.S. looks to join an exclusive club of climate change denial countries that have refused to sign the  Paris Agreement, the historic climate deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions. It has been widely reported that this includes Syria and Nicaragua, but that is misleading and suggests that there is an agreement among the three countries supporting Trump’s claim that climate change is a hoax, as he put it, and that the 195 remaining countries are parties in a dispute with the three over the issue, with very strong views on both sides.

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Food Tax Dead Again – For Now

By Fred, Kristina, Othiamba, and Jennifer

THINK NEW MEXICO

Good news: despite a lot of talk about bringing back the food tax during the special session, when the 430-page tax reform bill was introduced on Wednesday afternoon, it did not include the food taxIt did, however, include a new tax on prescription medicines, which we also oppose. The bill was ultimately killed in its first committee.

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Trump Fatigue

By R.W.

It is nice that he has gone on a trip, nice for us, and nice for him perhaps. Still, it’s too bad that he hasn’t quite gone away, not just for a moment even, just to give us time to blink very fast a few times, just to take a few deep breaths. Instead, he seems to loom larger than before, undiminished by what perspective normally does for people who are at a great distance.

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An Open Letter to Everyone Who Uses the Internet

By U.S. Senator Martin Henirich

The free and open internet as we know it is at risk.

Tomorrow, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will vote to initiate a process to repeal the strong net neutrality rules that have been in place since 2015.

These rules protect the internet as an open, decentralized, and level playing field, free from content discrimination. They ensure that you – not your internet service provider (usually your cable or phone company) – control what you can access online.

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The Terrifying Truth

By R.W.

 

No, Trump is not Hitler or Stalin, he is not even Nixon. The terrifying truth is that with Donald Trump as President of the United States of America we have entered into as yet uncharted waters, where his closest allies in the Republican party appear to be blinking in disbelief and mumbling terse statements.

“We have no way to know what was said, but protecting our nation’s secrets is paramount” – said (mumbled?) a spokesperson for Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan. “Congress could do with “a little less drama” from the White House,” said (mumbled?) Mitch McConnell, Senate majority leader. Republican senator Bob Corker, chair of the Senate foreign relations committee was more clear: “The White House has got to do something soon to bring itself under control and in order,” he said. “It’s got to happen.”

Trump is facing the most serious charge ever made against a sitting president of the United States.

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Let Them Eat…Salt

By R.W.

Courtesy photo.

Sonny Perdue at lunch.

 

One in four children in New Mexico is at risk of hunger, according to a report put out by the Map the Meal Gap 2017, making our state the second worst in the nation. Sandoval County is not listed among the most affected counties in the state, but most people living in the Jemez must be aware of areas of extreme poverty up and down the valley. This is reflected by the number of students at the local schools who qualify for free/reduced breakfasts and lunches: 86 percent.

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Victory for Public Lands and Families Across America

By Mona Blaber

SIERRA CLUB RIO GRANDE CHAPTER COMMUNICATIONS 

The methane cloud over the Four Corners.

 

Today, every Senate Democrat and three Republicans voted down a procedural vote that would have paved the way for revoking a Bureau of Land Management rule to prevent leaking and flaring of methane from oil and gas operations on public and tribal lands.

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Get Braced

By R.W.

 

 

Today has brought what will no doubt go down as a critical moment in U.S. history.

As the day draws to a close we are left with the question: did President Donald Trump unexpectedly fire the head of the FBI because he wasn’t nice to Hillary Clinton way back in July 2016, or was Mr. Comey fired because he was currently leading an active investigation that could bring down the president.

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Soak the Poor to Feed the Rich

By R.W.

Courtesy Photo.

(And no, this is not a group of white men, not entirely, look very carefully).

 

For those voters in the last presidential election who believed Trump’s promise of a health care bill that will “cover everyone” and take care of people with preexisting conditions, his triumph at seeing the House  pass a bill with those provisions denied must be just a little puzzling. His new plan benefits those who are high earners and punishes those who are sick and poor.

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TrumpCare Will Be A Disaster For New Mexico

By Martin Heinrich, U.S. Senator for New Mexico

UNITED STATES SENATE

 

President Trump and Republicans in Congress are rushing through a disastrous plan that threatens health coverage for thousands of New Mexico families. Under the Republican health care plan, hundreds of thousands of New Mexicans will lose their coverage – stripping away health insurance from children, seniors, hardworking families, and decimating health care in rural New Mexico.

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Standing Up for our National Monuments

By U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

Martin Heinrich addressing the crowd at the celebration of monument designation for Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks.

 

President Trump signed an executive order this week aimed at undermining the Antiquities Act, shrinking, or even eliminating some of the most iconic American places. This executive order threatens many of our most treasured national monuments and public lands across America, including the Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks and the Rio Grande del Norte National Monuments in New Mexico. I for one won’t stand for this action.

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Governor’s Vetoes Are Undermining the State’s Economy

By Sharon Kayne

NEW MEXICO VOICES FOR CHILDREN

“Governor Martinez’s outdated ‘no new taxes’ political pledge has resulted in the worst economy in our state in decades. Because of her political ideology, New Mexico has the worst unemployment rate in the country. Young New Mexicans are fleeing the state in search of jobs and schools are dangerously underfunded”, said James Jimenez, executive director of New Mexico Voices for Children, in a statement issued following  several vetoes by Governor Susana Martinez.

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Update on Bill to Prohibit Traps and Poisons on NM Public Lands

By Mary Katherine Ray
TRAPFREE NEW MEXICO

SB 286, the bill to prohibit traps and poisons on NM public lands unfortunately got only as far as its first hearing before the Senate Conservation Committee. Bill supporters had the hallway packed outside the small hearing room by 7 a.m. to get a seat even though the hearing didn’t begin until 8:30 a.m.. Once it began, they told their stories of dogs being trapped, the struggle to remove the device, the pain and injuries the trap caused, and the expenses for treatment. We know how frustrating it was that not everyone who wanted to tell their story was able to in the time allotted. But that moment when a sea of hands went up in support in the bill would not have been possible without all of you in those seats.

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Revocations Hit the Ground

By R.W.

Since we live in times when interesting new threats to our well-being, peace of mind, lifestyles and our very lives rear up with increasing regularity, we can be inclined to overlook the “good old” threats that loom over us. It might not be a comfort for many to observe that New Mexico is some steps ahead of the current administration’s push to abandon addressing the challenges of climate change and global warming.

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Our Privacy is Under Attack

By U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich

U.S. Senator for New Mexico Martin Heinrich.

What if I told you internet service providers were allowed to sell or share your personal data without your knowledge or consent? Well, that’s exactly what Republicans aim to do.  If a resolution passed by Republicans in both the House and Senate is signed into law by President Trump, your personal data stored on your computer or cell phone such as information about your health, finances, children, and even your precise geo-location could be sold to the highest bidder without your consent or knowledge.

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Fighting Harmful Gas Emissions and the Wasting of State’s Taxpayer Money

By U.S. Senator Tom Udall

 

Each year in New Mexico, $100 million in taxpayer resources are wasted from the leaking, venting and flaring of natural gas on public lands. Last year, the Bureau of Land Management created a new rule to save taxpayers’ money and reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions by curbing this unnecessary natural gas waste.

But now, oil and gas lobbyists in Washington are putting pressure on congressional Republicans to repeal this common-sense measure to stop waste and protect taxpayers, public health and the environment.

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Recapping the 2017 Legislative Session

By Fred, Kristina, Othiamba, and Jennifer
THINK NEW MEXICO

 

Food Tax Defeated Once Again

Yet again this year there was a serious effort to reimpose the food tax. Along with three stand-alone food tax bills, the comprehensive tax reform package (House Bill 412) initially proposed to reimpose the food tax.

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“Dark Money” Bill Headed for Governor’s Signature

By Dede Feldman

COMMON CAUSE NEW MEXICO

 

 

The NM Senate today concurred with the House of Representatives on two bills sponsored by Sen. Peter Wirth to update the NM election code. One will require greater transparency from large independent donors and the other will require accountability from candidates using the state’s public financing system.

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The Other Side (Just to be Fair)

JEMEZ POST EDITOR

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Immigrants

 

I have recently been posting my opinions on recent developments which arise from my observations and the positions that I take which, I assume, are shared by many of the readers of the Jemez Post. But not all, it seems. So here, to strike a balance, is a response to the U.S. Senator Tom Udall piece, which I posted below on this page, by an (unfortunately anonymous poster) calling himself Coy, whom I assume to be Trump supporter:

Mr. Udall, with all due respect, you politicians need a reality check. I live in a rural area in NM where there are many illegals. They are even my neighbors. They don’t work, they do not pay taxes, they drive better cars than most and overall they live better than most and many of them are well known for their drug dealing.

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